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Eliot seventh and eighth months
 
 
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By the seventh month, life had developed enough of a routine that we could actually get a few things done when Eliot was awake.
 
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And Eliot was able to sleep and hold his bottle at the same time.
 
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Eliot kept
 
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practicing his standing skills
 
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while holding onto his crib.
 
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In October, we took Eliot on his first domestic flight. The Program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at BU (where I attended graduate school) was having a 10-year anniversary symposium and I was invited to give a talk and come hang out with all of my old friends. We left a day early and stayed at John and Gabriella's house.
 
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It was Eliot's first time in a "real" city
 
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and he seemed pretty aware that life around him was more action-packed.
 
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We took Eliot to my favorite area of Boston,
 
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which is the waterfront by the North End where Ilaria and I used to live.
 
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They look
 
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good as city
 
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kids.
 
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Then I showed Eliot my favorite spot in Boston
 
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where I ended my runs every morning
 
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and watched
 
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the boats and the airplanes.
 
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Maybe someday
 
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we can live
 
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here.
 
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The last days, we had a hotel provided.
 
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Ilaria hung out
 
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with Eliot those days
 
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and they came to visit me sometimes at the symposium. The symposium turned out great; it was a lot of fun to see everyone again and see the exciting science folks were doing after graduate school.
 
If he's bothering you when you want to work, just let him eat your arm or a camera and everything will be all right.
 
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One of the nice surprises and lasting memories of the trip was that when the hotel brought a pack-in-play bed for our room they gave Eliot a "Hotel Commonwealth" teddy bear.
 
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Ilaria cleverly named the bear
 
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"Kenmore" after Kenmore Square where the hotel resides, and it is still one of Eliot's favorite things to grab when he need a little security.
 
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Boston also provided the opportunity to try out some cold weather clothes.
 
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Eliot's favorite thing to do in Boston was to stand in the window of our hotel room
 
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and watch all of the busy things happening
 
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in Kenmore Square.
 
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The quick trip to Boston was a great way to have a picture of Eliot at
 
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all of our favorite Boston spots
 
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and a few new ones.
 
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We took Eliot to see
 
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Boston
 
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Public
 
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Garden
 
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that has one of the easiest places to take a beautiful photo.
 
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It was great to be back in Boston for a bit. Then by coincidence, Andy was on the plane with us on our way back to St. Louis.
 
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Eliot was starting to be the
 
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big kid in his
 
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class
 
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at daycare.
 
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He even moved up to his own chair at the table with us.
 
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He liked to dump all of his toys out and play with them.
 
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Ilaria took this nice picture of him standing
 
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but then she wasn't there to catch him when he fell.
 
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Eliot was big on one-hand bottle drinking.
 
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We dressed up in lots of warm clothes for the long walk to school.
 
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And he had lots of sloppy fun
 
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at his seat with us at dinner.
 
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We went took our annual
 
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apple-picking trip with
 
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Andy, Meg,
 
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and Molly
 
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Then we went over to their house to have apple-pie and play.
 
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The Saylors gave Eliot a great pumpkin shirt that was designed by my niece Ellie!
 
With a couple pillows Eliot had his own personal, moderately safe stand-up play area.
 
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Zio Matteo bought him some crazy slippers to walk around in.
 
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warm outfits!
 
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use the force
 
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I like winter clothes
 
working on finding his voice.
 
and talking off his sock.
 
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It was Eliot's first
 
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autumn
 
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my favorite
 
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and my favorite season.
 
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He never learned to keep his gloves on.
 
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He was a giraffe for Halloween.
 
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He used sleep-sacks to keep warm
 
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in his bed.
 
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We took our giraffe to the neighborhood
 
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Halloween
 
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festival
 
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Then it was time to
 
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trick-or-treat with
 
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Molly. (We only went to one house)
 
Playing
 
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in the
 
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afternoon
 
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sun.
 
Laughs at dinner.
 
Almost ready to crawl.
 
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All dressed up.
 
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My little intellectual.
 
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The cute outfit
 
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Giulliana and Lorenzo bought for Eliot.
 
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Eliot went to the ER for suspected meningitis = not fun.
 
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Sleeping on mamma = fun
 
Finally, the moment I'd been talked about every day for the first eight months of his life: CRAWLING!!!!
 
CRAWLING!!!!
 
Everyone warned me to watch what I wish for because crawling was the beginning of non-stop watching so they don't get hurt or tear things up. For me crawling was the beginning of really feeling like a dad.
 
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Finally we could really start playing with each other.
 
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We even started providing opportunities for musical
 
expression.